Posted in hiphop | music | pictures on December 22, 2011

photos by Eric M. Townsend

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Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Rahzel + Shaggy tearing it up, free apple cider shots for the ENTIRE club from our main man + Brooklyn Bowl owner Pete Shapiro, and Big Freedia and her "Azz Everywhere" - you know, just another legendary Okayplayer Holiday Jam with The Roots. What else was amazing? Free dranks thanks to Heineken, aerialists doing the splits above The Roots, and opening DJ sets from OKP Editor at large, Eddie "STATS" and OKA's own Chief Boima, along with LargeUp's own DJ Gravy and so much more. Warming up the stage, the Music Unites Youth Choir opened the show, followed by Black Thought co-signees The Wurx who brought fresh Philly-style raps.

Next up, godfathers The Roots took the stage for an extended jam with a laundry list of Okay family and friends. Throughout the night special guests included Gary Clark Jr. who graced the stage and flexed his guitar chops, Big Daddy Kane who spit classics alongside Black Thought, and Rahzel who showed why he's the human beat box extraordinaire. Angelique Kidjo and Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew tore it up, repping Okayafrica all the way. And LargeUp kept shit bombastic with Shaggy and Patra the Dancehall Queen, along with Mr. Eazy, Red Fox, and Rayvon. We also got some instrumental goodness thanks to Ray Angry and Robert Glasper on keys, repping for Revivalist. And after all that, DJ ?uestlove brought it home on the 1s and 2s with a Bowl Train after-party. [OkayAfrica]

The Roots played their 5th annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam at Brooklyn Bowl on 12/15. As quoted above, there were tons of special guests, including Big Freedia who will return to the Brooklyn venue for her own show on 1/21.

Gary Clark Jr., who also guested at the show, played his own show at Mercury Lounge two days earlier (12/13). You can check out a review of that show on Bowery's website.

Questlove DJs Brooklyn Bowl again tonight (12/22). He tweeted, "Tonight at @brooklynbowl. We celebrate the 5th Anniversary of James Brown's exodus. All James All Jams. #BowlTrain." Tickets are still avilable. He also gives Manhattan some love and DJs at S.O.B.'s on January 3. Tickets are available for that too.

More pictures and a video from the Okayplayer show below...

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Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

Okayplayer Holiday Jam ft. The Roots

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Comments (9)

All I can say is WOW...this looks beyond terrible! Also people as much as you want to deny it Big Freedia is a HIM not a HER. Please why do you guys like this shit?

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:45 PM

this was pretty fun. free show. the acrobats were wild.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:55 PM

great show...so much fun! thanks for the heads up on free tickets BV!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 12:58 PM

The acrobats look HOT especially the shot where the one is showing off the goods for all to see! Yowza! Merry Christmas indeed!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 1:04 PM

Awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 1:05 PM

was frohwak there?

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 1:07 PM

Yeah, fun show. Gary Clark Jr. was a highlight, as well as Big Daddy Kane. Shaggy was kind of a WTF, had no idea he was still around. Although by the time they actually let non-press people in, there was no more free beer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 1:18 PM

Yeah Big Freedia!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2011 11:38 PM

I like the hat the first guy is wearing.

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 1:25 PM

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